The moving New York City drama Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival this afternoon, becoming the only film ever to win the audience prizes at both Sundance and Toronto. (Unlike other festivals, Toronto doesn’t give out a juried Best Film award; last year’s audience winner was eventual Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.) Precious, directed by Lee Daniels and exec produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, is well on its way to becoming one of next year’s 10 Best Picture nominees, while its stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique are strong contenders in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, respectively. Lionsgate will release Precious on Nov. 6.
Watch me and Missy Schwartz talk about the film in our Toronto preview. Plus, check out my OscarWatch interviews with Matt Damon, Colin Firth, and Abbie Cornish. And follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for instant Oscar updates.